The Animal Show

Trifecta: Week Eighty-Seven

July 22, 2013

CHARM (verb)
1a : to affect by or as if by magic : compel
b : to please, soothe, or delight by compelling attraction
2: to endow with or as if with supernatural powers by means of charms; also : to protect by or as if by spells, charms, or supernatural influences
3: to control (an animal) typically by charms (as the playing of music)


“Mommy can we go see the animal show?”

“Sweetheart, you shouldn’t encourage those scoundrels: they torture the poor animals. They’re not very nice to them.”

“What do you mean?”

“Well, Honey, they tempt them with things they aren’t going to give them just to make them obey. And sometimes they hit them if they don’t”

“If they don’t give them the stuff, then why do they keep falling for it?”

“I guess it’s because they’re not as smart as us. They don’t think.”

“Oh Mommy look! There are my friends from school – they’re all going! Mommy, please? Please!”


“Mommy, they even have my favorite act – the one where they charm a human with green paper! Can we go? Just this one time? Please?”

“Oh, alright. But this is the last time, alri- hey, come back!”

Health, Wealth and Wisdom

Daily Prompt: Barter System

July 8, 2013

If the world worked on a barter system, how would you fare? Would you have services to barter? Would you be successful, or would you struggle?

Photographers, artists, poets: show us SKILL.

Since I was a kid (especially when I was a kid, rather) I was enthralled by the idea of the barter system. I thought it was almost a game, setting values for a particular item with respect to each and every other thing.


one horse = two cows

                      = two goats and a kid (the goat kind)

                      = 4 bales of hay

                      =5 bushels of corn

…or something like that, at any rate.

As I got older though, I realized that that’s not so much different from what we do now with money. For example, if a t-shirt is $10, and a pair of jeans is $30 , then you’re technically saying: 1 pair of jeans = 3 t-shirts. BAM. Barter System.

Not being a born bargainer, I think I’d probably be a bad barter-er. I have a hard time even understanding the simple

early to bed, early to rise = healthy, wealthy, wise